Super BB All-in-1 Beauty Balm Concealer SPF 30

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Makeup > Concealers & Highlighters > Liquid Concealer
Last Updated:
2/12/2013
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Physicians Formula has carried the "BB" craze over to its concealers, but don't get too caught up in the hype. The truth is that "beauty balm" products of any sort are just a marketing angle to make you believe you're getting something special, when in most cases you're getting a tinted moisturizer with or without sun protection. Check out this article for more info.

BB craze aside, we applaud Physicians Formula for adding mineral-based broad-spectrum sun protection to this fragrance-free formula, but, unfortunately, that's about as good as it gets for this concealer. The lightweight, liquid formula is dispensed through a built-in brush that offers light coverage, which disguises only minor imperfections. Of the two shades offered, Light/Medium is a little too dark for fair skin tones and is on the peachy side, while the Medium/Deep shade is sheer enough to work for a variety of medium-to-tan complexions.

All-in-all, this just doesn't offer enough coverage to conceal imperfections. Visit our Best Concealers list for superior concealing options instead!

Pros:
  • Reliable broad-spectrum sun protection.
  • Fragrance-free.
Cons:
  • Doesn't offer enough coverage.
  • Limited shade range.

There aren't really any doctors at Physicians Formula (the founder of the company was an allergist, Dr. Frank Crandell, but that was back in 1937), and no physicians currently sell or endorse it either. The company asserts that "The term hypoallergenic is more than just a cosmetic claim for Physicians Formula. It is the basis for every product that is created. Physicians Formula honors this claim through stringent product testing and quality control. In fact, Physicians Formula products are formulated without 132 known irritating ingredients still found in many cosmetics on the market today." While the line doesn't list the "132 known irritating ingredients" that they claim not to use, one of their newer products contains menthol, which serves no purpose for skin other than to cause irritation, and other products contain alcohol and witch hazel, which won't make any cosmetic chemist's or dermatologist's list of anti-irritants.

It's good that the skin-care products have been streamlined. There are some excellent makeup removers and a couple of gentle sunscreens whose sole active ingredient is titanium dioxide. Surveying this line in its entirety reveals that makeup is its major focus. However, as you'll see from the Physicians Formula makeup reviews below, things aren't exactly rosy there, either.

For more information about Physicians Formula, call (800) 227-0333 or visit www.physiciansformula.com.

Physicians Formula Makeup

Does this assortment of makeup products have what the doctor ordered? The enormous selection of makeup (no other line at the drugstore sells more individual pressed powders, concealers, or powder bronzers) has seen some noteworthy improvements in recent years, but far too much of it is still built on gimmicky premises or eye-catching graphics while performance and texture are given short shrift. And for a line where just about every product carries on about its goodness for sensitive skin and the non-comedogenic nature of its ingredients, they're not using anything that other companies aren't also using, not to mention that many of the ingredients that show up in these products (such as waxes and occlusive thickening agents) can absolutely clog pores.

Still, for a line with increased retail presence in major drugstores, you may be wondering just what to pay attention to, and the good news is that there are indeed some finds among all the mosaic powders and oddly packaged concealers. Physicians Formula has never done foundations and concealers well, and for the most part that still holds true today. Only one of their concealers is recommended, while the others are best described as dismal. The expansive powder category has several attractive options, including a pressed powder with sun protection and many worthwhile bronzing powders. You'll also find best beauty buys among the blushes and other key products, including the matte eyeshadows, felt-tip eyeliner, brow pencil, and a few of the mascaras. There isn't anything medical or extra-pure about Physicians Formula makeup, but if you know what to look for and are on a budget there are some products that any doctor concerned with the subject of beauty would appreciate!

Note: The shade range of this line does not cater to darker skin tones. In fact, for some products, only those with fair to light skin will find options.

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